At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.
Livonia Goodfellows, Inc.
P.O. Box 51982
Livonia, MI 48151
In lieu of flowers, memorials sent to the above charity are requested.
Life Story / Obituary
When reflecting on the life of Scott Shipe, it is clear to see that he was a lover of life. He was fun-loving and adventurous with a zest for life that was completely contagious to all who were near. Scott was never one to worry about the little things, rather, he was focused on how he could help others in ways both great and small. He could come off as a bit gruff at first, but it didn’t take long to realize that there was a heart of gold underneath that more rough exterior. A loving family man and loyal friend, Scott will be deeply missed and forever remembered by all who were blessed to know and love him.
It seems only fitting that Scott’s story began during a time that was as colorful and vibrant as he was. It was the 1950s, sometimes recalled as the Nifty Fifties, when James Dean dominated the silver screen, shows like Father Knows Best defined how we viewed the American family, and Elvis was king. It was in 1958 that Donald and Elaine Shipe were eagerly awaiting the birth of their new baby as the warmth of summer covered the city of Niles, Michigan, when the calendar turned to welcome June. Their wait was over on June 28th when the baby boy they named Scott Donald drew his first breath. He was one of three children and the only boy in his family as he was raised in their home alongside his sisters, Lori and Dena. To support their family, Scott’s father worked as an automotive design engineer while his mother was a busy wife, mother, and homemaker.
In many ways, Scott was a young boy of his generation. They often went camping as a family, and he loved fishing with his father. As he grew into a teen, Scott loved anything that was out of doors as boating, hunting, and shooting became favorites along with fishing. For a time he also played baseball. As a teen he worked as a reserve police officer for the Livonia Police Department, and he graduated from Bentley High School in Livonia in 1977. He earned an Associated Degree from Schoolcraft College in Criminal Justice.
Ready to embark on the next exciting phase in his life’s journey, Scott began pursuing his dreams. Always an adventurer, he drove his Ford Fiesta to the West coast of Canada shortly after high school graduation. He forever counted this trip as a highlight of his life as it was amazing to see the Pacific Ocean as well as a lot of the beauty of Canada. He became a military police officer in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. He loved everything about living in Germany including the amazing people, the fantastic food, and who could forget the beer!
Throughout his life Scott was an active person. He spent much of his time helping other people, working extensively with the Livonia Goodfellows as well as with area food pantries. Especially close to his heart was the the Goodfellows ideal of “no child without a Christmas.” Additionally, Scott was involved with an area church that sent workers to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He went to the same areas twice to help hurricane survivors, in fact. Scott had a special place in his heart for animals as he loved them all. Of course animals were naturally drawn to him, too, especially dogs.
All who knew Scott Shipe would agree that life was certainly more exciting when he was around. He had a certain sparkle about him that drew others near with ease. Scott appreciated a good joke and considered it a great day if his red Ford pick-up truck was running well, and if he had a decent pair of jeans. A no frills sort of guy, he lived to help others in any way he could. Scott will be remembered for his fun-loving spirit, his strong work ethic, and his unwavering commitment to the people and things he believed in, but it is his enormous heart that will be his lasting legacy.
Scott D. Shipe passed on September 1, 2015 at the age of 57. Scott’s family includes his mother, Elaine, and the late Donald; his sisters, Lori (Robert) Bryant and the late Dena (Dan) Twietmeyer; and his niece and nephews, Robert, Tyler, Elli, and Jacob. Visit with Scott’s family and friends on Thursday from 2-7 p.m. with a Time of Sharing at 5 p.m. Interment will take place in Great Lakes National Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Livonia Goodfellows. You may share a memory, upload a photo and sign the guest book at www.TurowskiLifeStory.com